ASVAB – Mathematics Knowledge – MK

The Mathematics Knowledge (MK) sub-test is common to both the CAT ASVAB and the pencil and paper versions of the examination. It is designed to evaluate your high school knowledge of Mathematics. The Mathematics Knowledge (MK) questions need to be answered carefully because the score of this subtest will form a part of the AFQT or Armed Forces Qualification Test score.


  • An essential point to remember here is that students taking the CAT ASVAB will have to solve 16ASVAB Arithmetic Reasoning questions in 18 minutes.
  • Students taking the pencil and paper version have to solve 25 such questions in 24 minutes.
  • Roughly, we can consider that each question has to be solved in just a minute. So, it is quite important for you to be fast as well as accurate.

ExamFocus’ Practice Support

The information mentioned above provides an insight into the nature of the sub-test. However, if you want to ace the examination, you must know the topics covered under the Mathematics Knowledge (MK) sub-test. Ensure that you have practiced this section well before you decide to take the test. A perfect score can be achieved only if you practice and prepare well. Use ExamFocus’ sample practice questions to get your skills sharpened.

Testing & Scoring Scheme

  • Briefly, the Mathematics Knowledge (MK) sub-test of the ASVAB covers Mathematical topics – basic concepts of mathematics and their applications.
  • The score you receive for the Mathematics Knowledge (MK) sub-test is reported separately as an ASVAB Standard Score.
  • Moreover, this score is also taken into account while calculating your percentile rank.

This subtest can be found both in the computer-based version of the exam and also the pen and paper version. In the computerized version, you will find 16 questions and in the other version you will find 25 questions.In the pen and paper version, you will have 24 minutes to complete the questions and in the computer-based version, the total time given to you will be 20 minutes.

Question Modeling & Syllabi Brief

The following are the concepts from which you shall have to face questions in this sub-test:

  • The questions will be of multiple-choice type. You will be given four answer options for every question, from where you will need to select the right answer.
  • The questions that you will find in this section will assess your knowledge of mathematical concepts and applications.

How to Improve Your Skills

Irrespective of how much you dislike Mathematics or if you feel that you are weak in this subject, you can still obtain a good score in the Mathematics Knowledge (MK) section. You just need to prepare yourself effectively and you need to be persistent when you are studying. If you give up after a few days, you will not be able to get the result that you are seeking. Be determined and have confidence in yourself.ExamFocus brings to you hundreds of Mathematics Knowledge (MK) practice questions that are designed to cover all the topics concerning ASVAB to help you increase your skills. On clicking the following five links, you shall go to the page that offers hundreds of sample questions for your practice.